19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, May 6, 1914: Went to Watsontown this afternoon. Didn’t want to, for I would rather had seen some papering done.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Why didn’t you tell us?—Over the last 18 days, you weren’t just doing the spring housecleaning, you were also getting a room (the sitting room?) ready to be wallpapered!
I sympathize–it’s a lot of hard work to scrape off old wallpaper.
And, why were you sent on an errand to Watsontown? Were some additional wallpapering supplies needed?
Wow, Far Side of Fifty had it right! Sometimes I’m amazed when a reader has a better sense of what was happening in the Muffly household than I do. On May 1, Far Side of Fifty wrote the following comment:
They did some heavy cleaning back then. Taking everything out of a room and painting or papering it…freshening it all up.
I’m not very far ahead on doing posts right now, and I hadn’t realized until recently that in addition to doing the spring housecleaning, the Muffly’s were preparing to so some wallpapering.
I obviously thought that the term “spring housecleaning” had a narrower meaning that what it really had a hundred years ago.